Just like other public schools, charter schools are tuition-free and open to all NYC students, including students with disabilities and English language learners. Charter schools emphasize the core subjects of English and math, and many offer a variety of innovative programming, such as arts, science and languages.

Because charter schools have the ability to operate with more flexibility than traditional district schools, each offers their own set of goals, class sizes, curriculum, and more. Just as no family is the same, all charter schools are unique, and can cater to their community’s needs, while providing students with the tools to excel.

Charter schools citywide are currently accepting K-12 applications for the 2023-24 school year. You can conveniently apply to multiple charter schools with a single, free online application form. There are never any admissions tests, interviews or essays required to apply.

Looking for a specific charter school in your area? Check out the Charter School Finder, which allows you to search by neighborhood, school district, borough or grade level. With 275 charter schools across all five boroughs, it’s important to explore your options so you can feel confident that you’re making the right decision for your child.

Visit CharterNYC.org to learn more and apply to NYC charter schools.